Theatre Workshops

ECHO Players is excited to present two workshops this coming January 2018 at the Village Theatre led by actor, director, playwright and teacher, Michael Armstrong.

Acting Workshop
Friday evening, January 12, 6-9
Saturday, January 13, 12-5


"Acting is not acting." It is not pretending, it is being real in unreal circumstances. Over eight hours in one evening and one afternoon, we will explore three core aspects of the actor's craft. First, through effective script analysis, we come to understand the circumstances of the play, the nature of the characters we play, their conflicts and their arcs through the story. Secondly, we come to the work with three essential tools: our voices, our bodies, and our minds; and we need to learn to use these tools effectively. With the work comes a responsibility to engage and entertain our audiences. We need to be PRESENT in our bodies, on the stage, and in the moment; and we need to be PUBLIC in our presentation. Finally, in order to achieve these things, we need to work effectively in rehearsal with imagination, spontaneity, and respect.

Actors will work on sample scripts which they will be expecting to have read and be somewhat familiar with prior to our Friday night session. The workshop will be part lecture and discussion and part practical guided scene work.

Limit: 15 participants. Cost: $35.00 Members: $30.00
Auditors: $10.00

Directing Workshop
Friday evening, January 19, 6-9
Saturday, January 20, 12-5

Theatre should be exhilarating, engaging, and real. As a director, it is our job to guide the rehearsal process toward these ends. This involves understanding the play and its central truth, guiding and developing the arc of the play, and most importantly, working with actors in rehearsal.

Understanding the play and its arc starts from deep script analysis. It is developed through rehearsal where we gradual layer the work to build complexity and clarity. In order to achieve these things, we need to watch and listen closely to the work the actors are doing and push and pull gently to mold this work into the shape we are building. Every actor speak a different language and it is our responsibility to understand these various languages and learn to communicate clearly and effectively.

Preparation, responsibility, imagination, sensitive engagement.

Participants will be expected to read a designated full-length play prior to the Friday evening session. We will work with this play and with actors who are somewhat familiar with the material. We will look at script analysis, blocking, developing the arc, progressive detailing in rehearsal, and working in collaboration with our actors in a rehearsal setting. The workshop will be part lecture and discussion and part practical scene work.

Limit: 15 participants. Cost: $35.00 Members: $30.00
Auditors: $10.00

As there is limited enrollment, we encourage you to sign up soon. For more information on how to register, please contact: Jennifer Kelly .

About Michael Armstrong

Michael Armstrong

Michael works freelance around the province as an actor, director, and theatre instructor. He recently directed Colleen Murphy's The December Man for Roaring Heart Theatre in Nanaimo and The Alcan Craze of '42 in Fort St. John, a historical revue commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Alaska Highway. As a playwright, his new commissioned work, Our Small Ghosts, is in development with Western Edge Theatre and is due for production next year. As an actor, he appeared in Born Yesterday and Our Town this summer with Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre in Victoria. He has taught and adjudicated for Theatre BC for ten years and recently adjudicated Mainstage in 2016.

 

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